Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, is the busiest and most developed island in the chain. It is home to the 12 mile stretch, Grace Bay Beach; deemed the world’s best beach for years by Trip Advisor Travelers Choice and publications such as Conde Nast. One look at Grace Bay’s white sandy beaches, stunning turquoise waters, and vibrant coral reef and you will agree.
Turks and Caicos is a group of 47 islands and cays located in the Caribbean, 7 of which you can vacation on. These vacation islands are home to world class luxury hotels and spas. My husband, Eddie, and I recently visited the family friendly Providenciales, or “Provo” as it is called by locals.
Provo is located on the west side of Turks and Caicos and is a major tourist destination; this is in large part due to the quick hour flight from the Miami airport. Turks and Caicos is located in the Caribbean’s Hurricane Alley, though Provo has not had any disastrous weather in decades.
Starting Our Family Friendly Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Vacation With Magical Scenery And A Stellar Resort
Eddie and I began our visit to Providenciales at the Alexandra Resort, a perfect getaway destination for those wanting beachfront accommodations. We were welcomed by the resort’s friendly staff and given an overview of the property. The Alexandra Resort is comprised of 4 buildings, all named after orchids. Eddie and I stayed in the Lady Rose building, which I thought was the perfect location for oceanfront views.
Our incredibly spacious suite was filled with island chic furniture, featuring oversized chairs and a couch, all sporting lovely fabrics. The kitchen was fully stocked with pristine stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. As a bonus, a washer and dryer were in the side closet. Our dining options were a 6 person table in the dining room or an outdoor table on the patio. I could have easily made this suite my main living quarters.
Our bedroom had a very comfortable bed topped with tasteful Egyptian cotton linens. A large flatscreen TV, in both the living room and bedroom, offered plenty of cable channels. The bathroom had a spacious double sink, glass-enclosed shower, and deep tub. Being a product fan, I appreciated that the Alexandra Resort offered H20 toiletries.
Special Things Did Not Go Unnoticed
Several things set the Alexandra Resort apart from typical hotels, especially their attention to detail. Our room had a nice selection of magazines and books, both hard and paperback, plus umbrellas in the closet. The Bose stereo provided us with island music our entire trip.
My favorite part of our room was the oversized balcony. It afforded us fabulous views of the ocean as well as 2 big chairs that were perfect for blogging and watching the spectacular sunsets. Huge sliding doors in both the bedroom and living room gave us exceptional views of the water and sky all day long. The cleanliness of the entire resort was noteworthy as were the perfectly landscaped grounds. The property-wide high speed WIFI, 24 hour lobby service, and $15 per adult daily breakfast credit were other thumbs up features.
Exemplary Staff and Amenities
Alexandra’s staff was the nicest that we have ever encountered, They helped make our vacation even more memorable. This resort offers an onsite restaurant, Asu on the Beach, that has oceanfront dining and an indoor air-conditioned option with a bar and TV’s. The outdoor bar was always full of guests enjoying friendly conversation and cocktails with the bartenders. The ambiance was dazzling with the twinkling hanging wicker lanterns dangling from the sky.
Outdoor activities are plentiful on the property including banana boat rides, fishing tours, paddle boarding, parasailing, jet skis, an exercise room, spa, tennis court, and bicycles. The swimming pool, was large and relaxing; a nice refresher from the intense Turks and Caicos sun. Upon arrival at the resort, guests are given a towel card that can be traded in for 2 towels per person at either the pool or beach access location. Attendants gladly serve lunch and/or cocktails to both pool and beach guests. The front desk staff is available to organize tours for you off property as well as taxi services available all day, costing $6 per person to ride into town.
Asu On The Beach- Onsite Restaurant
For breakfast, we ate at Asu on the Beach. Our $15 per person meal credit covered the cost of the food. I had the Avocado Toast (Benedict style) one day and Mexican eggs another. Both were mouthwatering and I would definitely recommend them. Eddie opted for the American breakfast with bacon, sausage, 2 eggs, toast, and grits. For lunch, we tried the Chicken Cobb and Caesar Salads, both good choices with huge portions of chicken.
Dinner at Asu was remarkable. The same restaurant we dined in for breakfast was magically transformed at night with illuminated baskets swaying in the breeze and tiki torches in the sand. Tasteful white lights outlined the perimeter of the restaurant. Jumbo Coconut Shrimp tantalized our taste buds before dinner. Later, we enjoyed Jerk Grouper on rice with veggie couscous and the Mahi Mahi with curry sauce, paired with mashed potatoes and cole slaw. Petrona was our server and she took extra good care of us, including offering suggestions for pairing the entrée with appropriate sauces. We finished our evening sharing a slice of heavenly key lime pie.
Take The Free Shuttle to Sister Property Restaurants
Guests can utilize the free shuttle service to explore the other two resorts in the Turks and Caicos Collection group, Beach House and Blue Haven. If you are looking for a change of scenery, take the shuttle and have dinner at a new location without having to pay to get there.
Eddie and I took the shuttle to the Beach House Hotel to dine at Kitchen 218. We began with original hand-crafted cocktails and the spicy Conch Chowder, an excellent choice and local specialty. Though the drinks were pricey, they were worth every cent. Our entrées were the Beef Tenderloin with mushrooms, potatoes, and vegetables, and the Mahi-Mahi with a vegetable tart and ginger white cream. Kitchen 218 is one of the most gorgeous and romantic restaurants I have ever been to. We were treated like royalty all evening by the attentive and professional staff. Our meal, service, and experience were all a “10”, start to finish.
Enjoying Our Last Days Of Vacation At A High End Resort In A Remote Location
Eddie and I transferred to the Blue Haven Resort, located at the end of the island and home to the only marina on family friendly Providenciales. This ideal location offered the most convenient access to watersport excursions on the island. You can actually walk from the resort to the Island Group Yaching (IGY) Marina boats used for diving, fishing, sailing, and kayaking.
Blue Haven is a 51 unit boutique style resort with a much different landscape then the Alexandra Resort. Their 4 story pastel buildings were an exquisite Caribbean choice for our next 2 nights. Front desk manager Beryl welcomed us with open arms to her gorgeous and private resort and showed us to our incredible 1 bedroom/1 bath suite, room 403. Our views at Blue Haven overlooked yachts, boaters, mangroves, and the hotel’s infinity pool.
I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here
Blue Haven’s accommodations were highly stylish and modern, with state of the art fixtures and decor. This made it hard to leave the comfort and elegance of our room. Our kitchen was a dream come true and all I could think about was remodeling my house after seeing how functional and lovely it was. Our room also has a large dining and living room, functional bar, tasteful decor, powder room, and washer/dryer. The living room had an incredibly comfortable white oversized couch with double ottomans and flat screen TVs in both the living room and bedroom. The pillow top mattresses allowed us to sleep like babies.
A balcony with a chaise lounge, 4 seat table, and chairs gave us space to enjoy the outdoors without leaving of our room. From here, we could see the abundance of yachts to the left and the property’s small beach area to the right. The pool had a designated roped off area for swimming and chairs with umbrellas for relaxing. Outdoor floats and toys were available for the guests as well as dozens of hammocks located throughout the property.
Blue Haven Offerings
Other fun additions at the Blue Haven were the life-size chess game, horseshoe courts, water trampoline, beach volleyball, and ping-pong tables. Bicycles were available beside the lobby, which is open 24 hours a day. For anything else you may need, Blue Haven’s staff will eagerly help you plan or organize your vacation and maritime dreams. As you can see, a family friendly vacation is their goal.
The Blue Haven Resort is an ecotourism resort and they offer any water activity that your heart desires. There are 2 onsite restaurants, Fire and Ice, their premier restaurant which also serves breakfast, and Salt Bar & Grill, their marina restaurant. Across the street from the property is a gourmet market where you can stock up on snacks, prepared foods, beer, drinks, and incidentals. Beware, as the prices are not for the faint of heart. Though I did not try it, a high end spa is located beside the market and the services looked wonderful; it definitely piqued my interest.
The property also boasts 2 bars, one swim up at the pool that always had a plethora of guests drinking or eating lunch, and one located between the 2 restaurants. Cocktails were worth the price, since the drink pours are not rationed. The infinity swimming pool was my favorite feature at the Blue Haven. I spent most of my time in the cool waters adorned with mermaid-ish sparkly tiles.
Salt Bar & Grill- A Casual Eatery At The Marina
Dinner at Salt Bar & Grill was relaxing and casual. Heads up, the bugs are in full force around all those trees and the marina. Be sure to come sprayed with repellent or ask the staff as they have bug spray available to use. The restaurant’s guests are mostly locals mixed with marina guests and crew. The views of the outdoor seating include swaying palm trees, fragrant plumerias, and incredible yachts. The navy and white choice of decor with red accents fit their nautical theme perfectly.
Eddie and I started our meal with the Conch Balls, served with a zesty island sauce. They were excellent. Conch is a local favorite at Turks and Caicos and served in a variety of recipes; be sure to try it. I had the Jumbo Shrimp Diablo for dinner. Though it was not as spicy as I would have liked, it did offer plenty of tasty shrimp. Eddie chose fried Chicken Wings with Thai chili sauce. All in all, our experience at Salt Bar & Grill was comfortable and very laid back with terrific service. This was the first place on our trip where our server refilled our drinks without us having to ask. Be sure to check out Salt’s happy hour 5-7PM daily.
Fire And Ice- Blue Haven’s Premier Restaurant
Blue Haven offers the same $15 per person credit per adult guest, which covers most breakfast choices. We opted for the breakfast buffet one day and Eggs Benedict the next. The buffet includes eggs made to order, bacon and sausage, pancakes, a yogurt/granola bar, fresh fruit, juice, breads, and pastries. The only lunch we had was at the pool bar where we enjoyed the Beef Quesadilla (very tasty and filling) and a Chicken Caesar Salad. Both were good choices and around $15 per item.
On our second night at the Blue Haven Resort, Eddie and I concluded our Provo stay with the best dinner yet, and a great evening. Fire and Ice recently rolled out a new tabletop charcoal BBQ option and I could not wait to try it. We picked Wagyu Beef Flank Steak and Kurobuta Pork Tenderloin as our meat choices and began our experience. A small odorless charcoal grill and a beautiful platter of marinated meats, mushrooms, and a huge side of waffle fries with two sauces were placed on our table. Grilled vegetables (yellow squash and zucchini) also accompanied our meal.
Having a Fabulous Time Dining at Fire and Ice
For the next hour or so, Eddie grilled our meats and mushrooms for us, which were sensational. The meats melted in our mouths and the taste was extremely flavorful. I shared our fun via Snapchat and had several comments about it. The grill does smoke, so be sure that you are sitting in the opposite direction of the wind. I cannot tell you how much fun and how scrumptious this option was.
Fire and Ice offers a wide selection of cocktails and wines, which we indulged in. My words do not do this restaurant justice; it was extraordinarily decadent. Best of all, the portions were so large that I was able to share the meats with the staff so they could also try it. Our night ended with the Creme Brûlée and Mango Pana Cotta. We left in smiles.
Wedding Dreams Come True in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Weddings are plentiful in Turks and Caicos and at both resorts. Eddie and I were privy to see one taking place. The planners did a fantastic job taking care of guests and family from start to finish and we saw happy couples as a result. I would definitely consider making this an option if I were to need wedding services.
The Turks and Caicos islands are my favorite and definitely the most beautiful Caribbean islands. I am glad to have been afforded this opportunity to see a new island in the chain. Fun, famous, and family friendly Providenciales delivered a trip of a lifetime. I am thankful to have been hosted on this incredible vacation and I would recommend vacationing in Turks and Caicos to anyone that asks.
Alexandria Resort and Grace Bay Photo Gallery: